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Published On: Tue, Jul 23rd, 2019

Zamfara election: S/Court strikes out APC’s request for review of judgment

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By Vivian Okejeme Abuja

The Supreme Court, yesterday, discountenanced the All Progressives Congress’ application for a review of its May 24, 2019 judgment that nullified the victory of all the party’s candidates at the 2019 general elections held in Zamfara State.
The Apex court described the application as incompetent as the party, failed to attached the complete five member panel judgments that they were up against.
The panel led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour unanimously struck out the application on the grounds that the applicant only attached the lead judgment and failed to exhibit the consenting judgments of the four other members of the panel which gave the May 24, 2019 verdict.
The Judge held, “By our rules, the application is incompetent, and it is hereby struck out,”
On May 24, 2019, the five-man panel of the court led by the then Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, decided that APC never conducted primary elections.
Consequently, it held that the party had no valid candidates for the general election, adding that all the votes credited to the party and its candidates in the elections were wasted.
Sequel to that, the Supreme court, in its ruling declared the first runners-up in the 2019 general elections in the state as the winners of all the offices earlier declared to have been won by the APC and its candidates.
It will recalled that the APC was declared the winner of the governorship election, as well as the entire three senatorial seats, seven House of Representatives seats and the 24 House of Assembly seats.
With the governorship and deputy governorship seats which the party had won in the elections, the APC had won all the 36 elective offices available in the state.
Reacting to the ruling, yesterday, counsel to the party, Chief Robert Clarke (SAN), vowed to re-file the application.

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